UPDATE: Interstate 29 reopens through North Dakota after being shut down in Sunday night blizzard
On Monday morning, Dec. 6, the North Dakota Department of Transportation reopened I-29 from the Canadian Border to South Dakota.
UPDATE (8:00AM): The North Dakota Department of Transportation has reopened Interstate 29 through North Dakota. It had been closed Sunday night and early Monday due to a blizzard.
NDDOT also reopened Highway 13 from I-29 to Wahpeton.
With icy conditions still present, officials are asking drivers to slow down and be cautious on highways across North Dakota.
8:58am 👉 I-29 is now entirely open. Still VERY icy; travel with caution ⚠️— Lydia Blume (@LydiaBlumeWX) December 6, 2021
FARGO — The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and North Dakota Highway Patrol closed Interstate 29 from Canada to South Dakota until further notice following a blizzard warning issued Sunday night until midnight for the Red River Valley.
This closure is due to zero visibility and ice-covered roadways, according to NDDOT. Interstate 29 may be impassible or blocked due to high winds and drifting snow. Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road due to life-threatening conditions, the NDDOT release said.
Just before 9 p.m., the NDDOT and Highway Patrol also closed Highway 13 from I-29 to Wahpeton.
For more information on road conditions throughout North Dakota, call 511 or visit the ND Roads map at travel.dot.nd.gov/ .
Winter settled into the region this weekend with snow and strong winds leading to dangerous conditions .
By 1:45 p.m., Sunday, northwest Minnesota saw the most snow with Solway in Beltrami County recording 14 inches. On the North Dakota side, the most snow was seen in the northeast, with Tolna in Nelson County calling in 12 inches at 10 a.m. Sunday. Fargo-Moorhead measured more than 4 inches of snow.
The wind picked up through Sunday and the wind, snow and cold led to a number of businesses closing and events postponed.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported that by 11 a.m. Sunday, 261 crashes had occurred in the previous 18 hours, with 26 accidents resulting in injuries, but no fatalities.
WDAY meteorologist Jesse Ritka said that while the snow would die down throughout Sunday night, a new element would come into effect.
“As far as Monday is concerned, it is going to be the coldest of the year so far and the wind will be the worst in the morning,” she said Sunday afternoon. “Air temperatures will be below zero but when you factor in the blustery wind to start out the day, it will feel like teens and low 20s below zero. The wind will decrease in the afternoon and we'll see some sunshine, but high temperatures will be stuck in the low single digits, so even with a lighter wind, it will still feel sub-zero.”